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Designers respond to Adobe's acquisition of Nitobi, TypeKit

Michael Burns | Oct. 10, 2011
Creatives at Adobe's MAX 2011 event in Los Angeles respond to Adobe's purchase of two highly-regarded web platforms

Danny Jackson of interactive design agency rain also finds the Nitobi announcement interesting, but is rather more downbeat about the PhoneGap product itself.

"We've just launching a project that been done using PhoneGap, but we weren't super-impressed with it," he said. "A lot of the time our clients come to us with a project which they want across platforms, but don't have the budget to code it natively, so we have to look for cross-platform solutions and that's why we used PhoneGap initially."

Danny said a lot of clients are now specifying HTML5 as part of the project requirements these days because they want the app to run on the iPad.

"When I heard the announcement it started me wondering what advancements could be made to PhoneGap [with Adobe]. At the moment, it's fine to work with, but it was really far off from doing all things natively for mobile. For our project [using PhoneGap] there's some latency on iOS - it's not as snappy as native, and for Android it's even worse. Our thoughts then were that we probably wouldn't use PhoneGap going forward and instead use AIR for Mobile."

 

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